Tomato Chickpea Soup
This Tomato Chickpea Soup has spinach and basil (or basil pesto), and this is a delicious meatless soup that’s also gluten-free.
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This Tomato Chickpea Soup is one of the soups I made during the holidays for my annual soup party, only when it came time to stir in the basil I found I didn’t have any of that wonderful frozen basil that usually lasts me through the winter. What I did have in my freezer was plenty of basil pesto, so I just stirred some of that into the soup instead. It was such a hit that I’m going to add that option to the recipe along with the new photo you see above.
Before I give you the recipe I’m going to make a confession: this is the first time I’ve soaked dried chickpeas and cooked them. Not that there’s anything shameful about using canned chickpeas, but WOW did the freshly cooked chickpeas taste wonderful in this soup. Even better, the liquid the chickpeas were cooked in became the base of the soup, which made it extra flavorful. You can also definitely make this soup with canned chickpeas (and you don’t even have to confess to anyone who eats it) but I’m going to think about cooking dried soaked chickpeas from now on when I’m using them for soup.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- vegetable broth
- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- salt and black pepper
Can you make this soup with canned chickpeas?
I loved the flavor I got when I soaked dried chickpeas and used them in this soup, and that’s also much less expensive. But if that’s just not happening at your house you can use two 15 oz. cans of chickpeas. The cooking time will be shorter.
What if you don’t have fresh basil?
I’d definitely use my frozen basil for this recipe if I had some of that, but you can also use purchased basil pesto if you have some of that.
More Soups with Chickpeas:
Chicken Chickpea Soup
Garbanzo Bean Soup with Garlic, Sumac, Olive Oil, and Lemon
Instant Pot Sausage Soup with Pesto
Weekend Food Prep:
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Tomato Chickpea Soup
This Tomato Chickpea Soup is loaded with flavor from spinach and basil (or basil pesto) and this is a delicious meatless soup to enjoy for lunch or dinner.
- 1 cup dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans), soaked at least 8 hours or overnight in cold water
- 6 cups vegetable broth (see notes)
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 8 cloves garlic, diced very small
- 1 T olive oil (or less, depending on your pan)
- one 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with liquid
- 4 cups chopped baby spinach (measure before chopping)
- 4 T chopped fresh basil (see notes)
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Soak chickpeas overnight or for at least 8 hours in cold water.
- Drain chickpeas and discard water, and pick out any loose skins that have come off.
- Put chickpeas in heavy soup pot with vegetable stock and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until chickpeas are tender. This will depend on how fresh the dried chickpeas were, but for me it took about an hour.
- Use a spoon or stock skimmer to remove any foam that appears.
- When chickpeas are tender, heat olive oil in heavy frying pan, then saute onions about 5 minutes, until fairly soft.
- Add garlic and cook 2-3 minutes more.
- Add onions and garlic to soup pot with diced tomatoes.
- Let soup simmer on low heat about 30 minutes.
- Add chopped spinach to soup (adding a bit more water or stock if needed) and simmer 15-30 minutes more.
- I used my beloved Immersion Blender (affiliate link) at this point to slightly break up the ingredients. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can put about 1/3 of the soup into a Food Processor (affiliate link) or blender and pulse a few times. You can skip this step completely too, if you’d like a chunkier soup.
- Stir in chopped basil (I used my frozen basil, can also use basil pesto if you don’t have any basil) and cook 5 minutes.
- Season soup with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste and serve hot.
You can use 4 cans vegetable broth for the soup. I used my frozen basil for the recipe but you can also use basil pesto if you don’t have any basil.
This is wonderful topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, although I know most Parmesan is not vegetarian!
Recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from this Vegetarian Lentil Soup from The Sugar Solution Cookbook.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 868mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 5g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / /Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Tomato Chickpea Soup is too high in carbs for low-carb diet plans, but you can make it lower in carbs by using less chickpeas and more of the other ingredients, especially spinach. Soup like this is a perfect main dish for any phase of the original South Beach Diet.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2008, and I’ve made it many times for my annual soup party. It was updated with better photos in 2012 and was last updated with more information in 2021.
72 Comments on “Tomato Chickpea Soup”
This soup is so simple, yet so delicious and satisfying. I always keep ingredients on hand for this because it’s easy and fast (I use canned garbanzo beans). I appreciate the nutritional info too.
Thanks Meg, so glad you’re enjoying it!
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Excellent hearty soup.,I didn't have chicken broth so I used beef broth instead.,very good!!!! My husband loved it!
Glad you liked it!
I don't count calories, so I don't have that information, but if you look under FAQ at the top, there is a link for Calorie Count where you can enter the recipe and it will calculate it for you.
With pre-soaked beans you could probably make this in a crockpot. I would cook the chickpeas first without the other ingredients (similar to how I did it on the stove.) The amount of liquid needed would be less, but as I haven't tried it, I'm not sure exactly how much less.
What do you think about cooking this in a crockpot?
how many calories in this soup?
Donalyn, you are so sweet! This soup is one of my all-time favorites!
So often when I see a really good recipe on Pinterest, I end up here – love this one!
BN, sounds good to me; hope it will help the cold!
I've got a cold and it's snowing outside, so I needed soup. I subbed zucchini for the celery, used canned chickpeas, threw in a chopped carrot and went with the pesto since I didn't have enough fresh basil (genius trick I never thought of before!). Yummy, satisfying cold day soup! Thanks!